Whatever we do, speak or think, leaves a mark on us as samskara. The sum total of samskara is known as Karmashay. A yogi needs to be careful about creating new karma.
Raja Yoga, also known as Patanjali Yoga Sutras, is the art, science and technique of spirituality. It is the purifying fire in which the garbage of a religion can be burnt down. Being the exalted art and the practical science of spirituality, it commands a special respect among all other paths to realisation. That is why it is also known as the royal road to realisation, Raja Yoga.
Yoga assumes nothing, accepts nothing that is wild, and tolerates no hocus pocus in its practice. It is not meant for the weak in the body, nor can it be practised by the weak in mind, resolve, or spirit. Even a little practise of it gives one concrete results, and opens higher doors to wisdom. And, what to say of practices, even a mere study of this science is capable of removing doubts and confusion from one’s mind.
These talks were delivered at Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Belur Math.